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English definition of “keep (sth/sb) back”

keep (sth/sb) back

phrasal verb with keep     /kiːp/ verb (kept, kept)
B2 to not go near something, or to prevent someone or something from going past a particular place : Barriers were built to keep back the flood water .Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
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